MERRILL - A new furnace installed at a Northwoods home Friday morning required some special attention. It was for a local hero to the Merrill community who received that gift when he needed it most.
"We're installing Pastor Szeto's furnace," said Merrill Sheet Metal Works marketing manager Bill Schug. "It's a Bryant 926 two stage furnace. This is being done through the Bryant Community Heroes program."
Merrill Sheet Metal Works has participated in the free giveaway for five years.
"They go online nominate someone and then they're paired with the Bryant Dealer closest them," said Schug.
The heroes program rewards someone that is involved in the community, but isn't always in the spotlight.
"It's a way to shed a light on those who are doing work above and beyond every day in the community and don't always necessarily seek the spotlight or get the recognition that they always do," said Schug.
Pastor David Szeto was the recipient of the furnace. Szeto serves as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill and Chaplain of Merrill Fire Department. When he first found out, he was surprised.
"I got a phone call all of a sudden and they're like, somebody nominated you and you won and I'm like [excited], because we needed a new furnace," said Szeto.
"This is a great opportunity for us another way we are able to give back to the community," said Schug. "We look forward to this program every year. It's great to read all the nominations and all the people who are contributing to the community."
Szeto said he's thankful for this unexpected surprise.
"Very privileged, grateful, tremendously blessed and we thank Merrill Sheet Metal for helping us out and donating their time to help put in this furnace for us," said Szeto.
Bryant Community Heroes